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Becker, Radleigh Val Radleigh Val Becker died on December 4, 2013, at Oakwood Village West in Madison, Wisconsin. Rad was born in Joliet, IL on April 26, 1933, graduated from Joliet Township High School, Joliet Junior College, Elmhurst College (B.S. in Chemistry), University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S. in Biochemistry). In high school he worked at the Realto Theater in Joliet. His career found him working at Argonne National Laboratory, U.W. Madison and the WI State Laboratory of Hygiene, where he was the first chemist hired to administer the PKU Laboratory Certification Program after state law mandated such testing on newborns. He sang in choirs at First Presbyterian Church in Joliet as well as in high school and college and was a long-time member of the Madison Symphony Chorus, earning the title of Poet Laureate of the Chorus. His avid interest in railroads opened many doors in the travels he and his wife of 44 years, Susan, took. He was a member of many railroad organizations and built a HO scale layout. He also was active in Madison Breakfast Optimist Club, Four Lakes Postcard Club, American Topical Association, The Friendship Force of WI, Dane County United Nations Association, Madison Friends of International Students, and Technical Club of Madison. Rad was active at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison, serving as a deacon, elder, committee chair, choir member and church historian. He also volunteered with the WI State Historical Society Museum and the American Red Cross. He is remembered as a caring husband, loving uncle, reliable friend, and for his quick wit, commitment to justice.Through his writing he made others chuckle and think. Survivors include his wife, Susan (Lawson) Becker, of Madison; brother, John Becker of Joliet, IL; nieces, Teresa Pelletier of Batavia, IL, and Judy 'West of Aledo, IL; as well as cousins and grand-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Becker and Dortha Leone (Houtz) Becker; and sister, Beverly (Becker) Johnson. The family gratefully thanks his many medical providers, the staff at Hebron Oaks at Oakwood Village West and UW Hospital, Hospice and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 East Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703, Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, P.O. Box 358, North Freedom, WI 53951 and the Madison "Breakfast Optimist Club", c/o Tom Tierney, Treasurer, 1010 Harrison St., Madison, WI 53711. A Memorial Service will be on December 13, 2013, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 East Gorham Street, Madison, WI, at 11:00 a.m., preceded by visitation at 9:30 a.m.
Published in The Herald-News on Dec. 12, 2013
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